Dafny is a programming language with a program verifier. As you type in your program, the verifier constantly looks over your shoulders and flags any errors. Dafny is currently spread across 3 sites:
* [Dafny's homepage](http://research.microsoft.com/dafny), which contains some information about Dafny.
* This site, including
* [binary downloads](https://github.com/Microsoft/dafny/releases) for Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux, and FreeBSD
* the [issue tracker](https://github.com/Microsoft/dafny/issues) (old issues are on [codeplex](https://dafny.codeplex.com/workitem/list/basic))
* the wiki, including [frequently asked questions](https://github.com/Microsoft/dafny/wiki/FAQ)
* The [Rise4fun site](http://rise4fun.com/dafny), including a tutorial, where you can verify Dafny programs in your web browser.
You can ask questions about Dafny on [Stack Overflow](https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/dafny) or participate in general discussion on the [mailing list](https://groups.google.com/d/forum/dafny-discuss
# Try Dafny
The easiest way to get started with Dafny is to use [rise4fun](http://rise4fun.com/dafny), where you can write and verify Dafny programs without having install anything. On [rise4fun](http://rise4fun.com/dafny), you will also find the online Dafny tutorial.
It is also easy to [install Dafny on your own machine](https://github.com/Microsoft/dafny/wiki/INSTALL) in VS Code, which gives you a much better user experience than in the web browser.
See [installation instructions](https://github.com/Microsoft/dafny/wiki/INSTALL) on the wiki
and instructions for installing the [Dafny mode for Emacs](https://github.com/boogie-org/boogie-friends).
# Read more
Here are some ways to get started with Dafny:
* 4-part course on the _Basics of specification and verification of code_:
- Lecture 0: [Pre- and postconditions](https://youtu.be/oLS_y842fMc) (19:08)
- Lecture 1: [Invariants](https://youtu.be/J0FGb6PyO_k) (20:56)
- Lecture 2: [Binary search](https://youtu.be/-_tx3lk7yn4) (21:14)
- Lecture 3: [Dutch National Flag algorithm](https://youtu.be/dQC5m-GZYbk) (20:33)
* New overview article: [Accessible Software Verification with Dafny](https://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2017/06/mso2017060094-abs.html), IEEE Software, Nov/Dec 2017
* [Online tutorial](http://rise4fun.com/Dafny/tutorial/guide), focusing mostly on simple imperative programs
* [3-page tutorial notes](http://leino.science/papers/krml233.pdf) with examples (ICSE 2013)
* Dafny [Quick Reference](http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/dafny/reference.aspx)
* Language reference for the [Dafny type system](http://leino.science/papers/krml243.html), which also describes available expressions for each type
* [Cheatsheet](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kz5_yqzhrEyXII96eCF1YoHZhnb_6dzv-K3u79bMMis/edit?pref=2&pli=1): basic Dafny syntax on two pages
* Dafny Reference Manual [[html](https://github.com/Microsoft/dafny/blob/master/Docs/DafnyRef/out/DafnyRef.html)] [[pdf](https://github.com/Microsoft/dafny/blob/master/Docs/DafnyRef/out/DafnyRef.pdf)]
* Videos at [Verification Corner](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP2eLEql4tROYmIYm5mA27A)
The language itself draws pieces of influence from:
* Euclid (from the mindset of a designing a language whose programs are to be verified),
* Eiffel (like the built-in contract features),
* CLU (like its iterators, and inspiration for the out-parameter syntax),
* Java, C#, and Scala (like the classes and traits, and syntax for functions),
* ML (like the module system, and its functions and inductive datatypes), and
* Coq and VeriFast (like the ability to include co-inductive datatypes and being able to write inductive and co-inductive proofs).
# External contributions
* [Haskell-to-Dafny translator](http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~dcw/h2d.cgi), by Duncan White
* [Vim-loves-Dafny mode](https://github.com/mlr-msft/vim-loves-dafny) for vim, by Michael Lowell Roberts
* [Boogie-Friends Emacs mode](https://github.com/boogie-org/boogie-friends)
# Code of Conduct
This project has adopted the [Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct](https://opensource.microsoft.com/codeofconduct/). For more information see the [Code of Conduct FAQ](https://opensource.microsoft.com/codeofconduct/faq/) or contact [firstname.lastname@example.org](mailto:email@example.com) with any additional questions or comments.
Dafny itself is licensed under the MIT license. (See LICENSE.txt in the root directory for details.) The subdirectory `third_party` contains third party material; see NOTICES.txt for more details.